Book Reviews of If I Should Die Before I Wake

If I Should Die Before I Wake
If I Should Die Before I Wake
Author: Han Nolan
ISBN-13: 9780152046798
ISBN-10: 0152046798
Publication Date: 5/1/2003
Pages: 320
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 32 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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A modern young teenager, Hilary, hates Jews, and joins a local Aryan Supremacy group. While in the hospital recovering from a motorcycle accident caused by her skin-head boyfriend, she is teleported back into Poland in the 1940's, into the mind of Chana, a young Jewish girl, as she gets moved into the Lodz ghetto. Chana's journey from normalcy to horror is chronicled by Hilary's observations, including the transport to the death camp at Auschwitz, where Chana and her few remaining relatives struggle to survive. This is a gut-wrenching book. I stayed up all night reading it!
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Awsome book!!! A little confuseing in the beginning but the end is great!!! Couldn't put down!
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The cover of this book is so beautiful in such a dark way. I was immediately drawn to it, and just knew I had to read it. Hilary is part of a neo Nazi gang and dislikes Jews in every way. She gets into a motorcycle accident with her boyfriend and while she is in a coma, she becomes a Jewish girl named Chana during World War II. Going back and forth from present day in a coma to Chana's journey from her home, to the Lodz Ghetto and finally Auschwitz we learn what life is/was like for both Hilary and Chana.

This book is very well written and the author tells a great, but very sad story. Everything that Chana was forced to endure broke my heart. I have read quite a few books about the Holocaust, but with each new one read, you learn of so many more different horrors of the Holocaust. I really liked the unique storyline and the characters. Even though this book is aimed at Young Adults, it can be read by adults as well. The content is sometimes difficult to read, but it is a great portrayal of life in the ghetto and camps. It was a great book overall and I am so glad I stumbled across it!
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As part of a neo-Nazi gang in her town, she's finally found a sense of belonging. But when she's critically injured in an accident, everything changes.
Lying near death in a Jewish hospital, Hilary finds herself bombarded by memories of a life in Poland. A life she never lived. Somehow, Hilary has become Chana, a Jewish girl fighting for her own life in World War II.
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This book is a great read. It really takes you into the eyes of a girl who has to live through the war and the concentration camps. It makes you wonder what you would do to survive and if you could have the mindset to go through it.

The first chapter of the book focuses on Hilary who is all about the Nazi party and hurting Jews and she is from the present day. She gets invovled in an accident while coming back from one of her anti-Jewish acts and ends up in a Jewish hospital in a coma. In her coma she sees the life as Chana as a Jew.

The first chapter of the book is very very confusing, but skim past it if you need to, the rest of the book is very rich and detailed and a wonderful read. It will make you cry and cheer and feel the same emotions that the characters do.
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I loved this book. It grabbed my attention from the first page and I literally could not put it down. It is about a Neo-Nazi teenage girl who is in a serious motorcycle accident. She is then taken to a Jewish hospital where she goes in and out of consciousness. While she is out, she lives the life of a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust. We learn the horrifying details of what happens to her and her family during this terrible time period.

I love history and admittedly don't remember much from school. I soaked up every detail and am very interested in learning more about the Holocaust now. I highly recommend this book.
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This was a book I started reading without knowing anything about it prior. It starts a bit slow but once it gets into Chana's story it gets really hard to put down. It really gets into the nitty gritty about what happens in the camps and what it takes just to stay alive. Overall it was a good book, and I'm glad I read it.
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One of the best boks I've ever read. Its different. I just can't go into it without giving anything away. Great read for almost any age. Stayed up half the night reading it. A must read!!!!!
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Really one of the best reads i've indulged myself in in awhile. Although this says young adult, it is also adult. It is a fantastic, gripping sad story full of suspense and gut wrenching hope. I loved it. If you are curious or interested in reading more about the strong that were sentenced to Auschwitz, then you will enjoy this read.